American Hardwood Flooring
Because of the abundance of lumber in the forests of the New World, settlers on the American continent enjoyed the beauty and durability of hardwood flooring while, across the water, it was a luxury only the wealthiest could afford. For centuries, hardwood flooring has been a symbol of status and a staple of American home decor.
The four species of wood chosen for Robusto are among the most durable in nature. Their wood is dense, strong, and resistant to damage. These four species are ranked in the top 5 North American hardwoods on the Janka Rating System of Hardness.
NORTHERN RED OAK
Red Oak has been America's favorite option for hardwood flooring for centuries. It is known for it's warm reddish tone and distinctive wavy grain. It typically has fewer knots than white oak; but like it's oak counterpart, it can make a room feel cozy or stately depending on the stain.
WHITE OAK (NORTHERN U.S.)
Oak has forever been a symbol of strength. With longer rays and more whorls than its red oak counterpart, white oak has a decorative element that is amplified when stain is applied. Like red oak, it can make any room feel cozy or stately depending on the stain. Oak was even used for ship building in Colonial America.
HICKORY (NORTHERN U.S.)
With it's long, close grain and rougher texture, Hickory is one of nature's toughest woods and the hardest commercially available hardwood flooring option. Andrew Jackson even earned the nickname "Old Hickory" because of his grit. Contrasting color tones will appear in hickory planks, giving the wood tons of character.
NORTHERN HARD MAPLE
Northern Hard Maple is known for its fine, closed, and subdued grain. Uniform in texture, it has a more modern appearance. Maple will make any room feel open and airy. With such beauty and strength, it's no wonder hard maple is also used for bowling pins, pool cues, and butcher blocks which all take quite a beating.